A public talk held in the Hole in the Wall recently outlined a vision for the brewery site that could create significant employment.
The proposal would also develop the city as a centre of excellence in sustainability education and lead the EU in a transition towards a low carbon society.
Jill Karlin Butler spoke of the vision of her late husband Dr Lee Porter Butler; a US environmental architect who pioneered a closed unit housing system, which could produce enough energy to sell surplus onto the grid, needed no water or waste water public services and was constructed from locally sourced sustainable materials.
‘Ekotecture-A Sustainable Vision for Kilkenny’ was co organised by local politicans Dr Pat Crowley (FG) and Malcolm Noonan (Green). ‘Our objective was to contribute to the debate around the brewery site and the new City and County Development plans’ said Pat Crowley. ‘In that regard I was delighted that the meeting was attended by our Director of Services and Senior Planner and opened by our Mayor Martin Brett. It shows that the city is ready for new ideas; ideas that could transform our economic futures’ he said.
Cllr Malcolm Noonan was equally enthusiastic about the initiative. ‘Business as usual development is not going to work anymore, we are facing immense challenges as a society. Climate change is likely to cause major social upheaval in coming decades and we must prepare ourselves for it. How we engage with citizens in a collaborative dialogue is important as we collectively map out a sustainable vision for the future’ he said.
Further meeting relating to the future of the city will take place in the Hole in the Wall over the coming months.